Eric Nesterenko, Black Hawks legend, in Studs Terkel’s ‘Working’

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In 1972, his final season with the Black Hawks and his second-to-last season of professional hockey, winger Eric Nesterenko gave Studs Terkel one of the most honest and insightful quotes that any athlete has ever committed to the annals of history:

“The whole object of a pro game is to win,” Nesterenko said. “That is what we sell. We sell it to a lot of people who don’t win at all in their regular lives.”

Tonight, the Blackhawks open the Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa with a chance to bag their third championship in six seasons. Prior to that, the franchise had gone 49 years without a championship. Nesterenko was a part of that team.

In honor of the latest Blackhawks Cup chase, I have typed out Nesterenko’s full interview with Terkel, part of the 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

It remains one of the great athlete interviews I’ve ever read. Continue reading

For 1.

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For 1.

February 25, 2015

by Jack M Silverstein (@readjack)

All I want to hear is love.

Don’t talk to me about prospects — ours for the playoffs or the talent that might replace him.

Don’t talk to me about fault — his or his coach’s or anyone else’s.

Don’t talk to me about the future — his with us or ours without him.

Don’t talk to me about legacy — about Penny or Prior, about Fields or Woody.

Don’t talk to me about pain — unless it’s his.

Don’t talk to me about anything other than what he means to you. As a Bulls fan. As a Chicagoan.

That’s it.

That’s all I want to hear. Continue reading

People With Passion: Alex Beh (2015 edition)

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People With Passion

Filmmaker Alex Beh

E-mail exchange, Feb. 2-3, 2015

When we last spoke, back in April of 2010, filmmaker Alex Beh had recently released Babe, his fourth short film. In the intervening five years he has directed three more shorts, directed several music videos, starred in commercials for Bud Light and Burger King and has now released Warren, his feature film debut.

John Heard (left) and Alex Beh (center) in "Warren."

John Heard (left) and Alex Beh (center) in “Warren.”

The movie stars Beh as the title character, a Chicago man drifting through his late 20s while his parents (John Heard & Jean Smart) get divorced and his ex-girlfriend (Sarah Habel) turns up back in town with a fiancé. Beh is the lead but dishes out plenty of screen time for his co-stars, with particularly strong performances from the veterans Heard & Smart. Let me be the first to say that Heard — whose credits include Home AloneAfter Hours, Big and The Sopranos — gives one of the best performances his career as Warren’s hard-drinking, love-lorn, soon-to-be-divorced father.

While Beh prepped for Warren‘s Chicago premier last night at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, Beh and I traded e-mails the past two days about his experience making the film. The following is an edited version of that exchange. Continue reading

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin archives, 2015

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin archives

Plus Chicago Lawyer and Leading Lawyer stories

(all titles are links)

2015 (click here for 2013-2014)

(NOTE: the Law Bulletin is subscription-based. Links marked SUB need subscription.)

(If any links don’t work, please email me at jsilverstein@lbpc.com. Thanks!)

The 35,000 square foot rotunda in the 65,000 square foot Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum for African American History.

The 35,000 square foot rotunda in the 65,000 square foot Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum for African American History. (photo by Jack Silverstein for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)

6 JAN 2015 — Expansions at Polsinelli & Heyl, Royster

8 JAN 2015 — Fundraiser for The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum

9 JAN 2015 — Law School Notes: Deans react to the 2015 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) conference (free PDF)

12 JAN 2015 — Amicus Curious: Employment lawyer Marc J. Siegel (SUB)

15 JAN 2015 — 7th Circuit: No privacy in police cars (SUB)

16 JAN 2015 — Obituary of attorney Joseph Tecson (SUB)

19 JAN 2015 — Amicus Curious: Employment lawyer Paul Burmeister works with musicians’ unions to help save small town orchestras (SUB)
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin archives, 2013-14

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin archives

Plus Chicago Lawyer and Leading Lawyer stories

(all titles are links)

2013 – 2014 (click here for 2015)

(NOTE: the Law Bulletin is subscription-based. Links marked SUB need subscription.)

(If any links don’t work, please email me at jsilverstein@lbpc.com. Thanks!)

Robert Ashmore, subject of my Law School Notes story, Dec. 13, 2013. (Casey Black Photography)

Robert Ashmore, subject of my Law School Notes story, Dec. 13, 2013. (Casey Black Photography)

2 DEC 2013 — Amicus Curious: Baker & McKenzie’s Robert Knuepfer receives Hungarian Order of Merit

6 DEC 2013 — Law School Notes: Northwestern Law launches Master of Science in Law

9 DEC 2013 — Amicus Curious: ISBA’s Dave Anderson retires (SUB)

10 DEC 2013Schiff, Hardin represents the Randolph Group in Weiman Products sale (SUB)

11 DEC 2013 — Scharf, Banks, Marmor’s holiday party (SUB) (free PDF)

12 DEC 2013 — LAF raises $19,000 for Giving Tuesday (SUB)

13 DEC 2013 — Law School Notes: John Marshall’s BELAW program helps Logan Square businessman start pedicab operation (free PDF) Continue reading

Quotables.

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Time to Settle Accounts

January 2, 2015: Quotables.

“My goodness,” I thought after reading a quote on Boston sportswriter Tom Curran’s twitter feed attributed to Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. “Did he really say that?”

The quote was simple in its brilliance: “People that dry-hump stats to make a point probably prefer reading sheet music to hearing the song.”

I’d found my way to Curran when Neil the Boston Fan said hello on twitter, sparking a conversation about sportswriting, and which Boston sportswriters tickle Neil’s fancy. He mentioned Curran, and then that Talib quote, perfect in its construction.

It seemed personally crafted for me, since I’ve been known to dry hump a stat or two. Continue reading

Only two.

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Time to Settle Accounts

January 1, 2015: One two.

The future began today.

When I got home after a New Years in the suburbs, I pulled up “Only One,” the new song by Kanye West and Paul McCartney. I’d read about it on the train and wanted to listen to it with better speakers than my phone provides.

The song — with lyrics from the perspective of Kanye’s late mother Donda — features McCartney on piano, and is as simple a collaboration as these two could produce: Kanye’s vocals, McCartney’s keys, minimal production beyond the auto-tune. Continue reading